It’s so easy to fall into a funk. Nothing goes right, nothing feels right, and when its REALLY bad, nothing even sounds right. It’s horrible. But it doesn’t have to be that way forever. When you are down in the dumps, it never hurts to call on some of your friends or even better…an Indie Dojo. Cause, we’ll be here. In good music and in bad. You’ve got a ninja.
Between The Pages
Stay On The Ground
The Girl Who Cried For The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Go On (Let It Go)
American Indie-rock duo SWIMM have just released their third single ‘Belly’ from their highly anticipated EP Beverly Hells, expected to be released on August 28th! Having performed at Noisey LA’s “TOO FAR” series on August 11th, it’s easy to understand why they’re becoming increasingly popular, especially along the west-coast. ‘Belly’s’ infectious guitar harmonies pull us closely into their Californian fashion, and along with Chris and Adam’s raspy vocals we’re instantaneously placed amidst the State of white beaches and packed bars.
The liberating guitar instrumental that proceeds the tightly moulded vocal harmony of ‘I’m so tired of running around’, shares a stylistic brilliance with the guitar solo within Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’, as Swimm seem to discretely encourage us to lose ourselves throughout these electrifying moments.
Whilst delving into the musical brilliance of this track, you may have a tendency to pass-by the underlying lyrical meaning. Dedicating each verse to individuals who are terribly important to him, Chris mentions “each of them has had all the potential in the world, but because of addictions of some kind have let and maybe are still letting that potential slip away.” Although this may be perceived as disheartening or sombre, I admire and respect the way ‘Swimm’ have captured and conveyed this lyric so positively through the music!
They will be performing at a large variety of venues over the coming months, including The Echo in LA on September 11th, and London Music Hall in London on November 11th, performing their other late releases, such as ‘All the time’ and ‘Beverly Hells’. Check out their full tour plan here.
Stand In Your Line (Jungle's Edit)
With a grueling touring schedule since the release of their fantastic debut album last year, Jungle have been relatively quiet in the last few months save for some phenomenal remixes of their tracks by top producers. Last week, though, they put out an edit of a track from a fellow-UK artist named Dornik. The original version of “Stand in Your Line” is a slow-burning, electronic-tinted R&B jam showcasing Dornik’s abilities as a songwriter, vocalist and versatile producer. Jungle keep those silky vocals intact while transforming the backdrop to reflect their signature groove-filled, yet soulful, style. The end result finds what was initially a gorgeous, laid-back song become a sunny anthem that we could easily imagine getting down to at one of Jungle’s awesome live sets.
For us, the real icing on top of the cake with this one was discovering Dornik, who’s self-titled debut album, which dropped ten days ago, is a true diamond in the rough that flawlessly traverses electronic funk, soul and R&B with a distinctive retro-’80s tint. If you’re a fan of artists like Shamir or Gallant, we’d definitely recommend giving it a peep–you can grab a copy here or stream via Apple Music//Spotify at those links.
While many synth based pop structures seem to produce a bevy of sunnier, joy inducing sounds; it is the darkest, murkiest corners of the genre which constantly draw this writer’s attention. With acts like Black Marble, Gang Signs, Young Prisms and Craft Spells consuming the majority of my limited ‘pleasure listening’ time; the unlikely duo of Brooklyn-based singer Ruth Mirsky and Norwegian-based producer Mads Martinsen known better as The Familiar -who by the way have never actually sat in the same room to make music- have earwormed themselves deeply into heavy rotation around the TMN pool. With a haunting cover of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”, and a stellar debut EP Rooms most recently pacing the pair’s current ascension into alt-pop circles the world over; The Familiar’s latest single “Patience” dives into more personal territory. Mirsky weaves a vocal-central aesthetic through a plea for patience to her lover over Martinsen’s pulsating, synth-driven beat and rhythmic, foggy pop hooks for a tune that swallowed us up from our first listen. The Familiar’s deft yet subtle use of rolling staccato synths played off a lush set of vocal reverberations also has us drawing up comparisons from the gloomiest of Kavinsky tunes to College’s wonderful Heritage LP and even a touch of Johnny Jewel laden synthetica. And in case you weren’t aware, those are all very lofty associations. Hop on The Familiar wagon with “Patience” before literally anyone else on behalf of a TMN premiere above.
On this laziest of Sundays, few tunes can fit the mood much better than the latest single from Lionlimb–a collaborative project from Stewart Bronaugh and Joshua Jaeger, members of Angel Olsen‘s band. “Turnstile” combines a taste of vintage 70’s psychedelia with smooth backing piano and an equally carefree vocal tone, which inject the perfect splash of chillwave texture. With wah-wha’d electric guitar solos sprinkled through out, it couldn’t match the waning days of summer better truly immersing the listener in a blissful radiance.
“Turnstile” will be featured on their upcoming debut 7″, which drops on Sept. 18th via Bayonet Recordings.
There’s a nostalgic air that surrounds “Memory Hole,” one which instantly transports listeners to a completely different time and place. The first 30 seconds incapsulate a specific era in music, calling on associations of long-haired, flower-adorned gatherings somewhere near Haight-Ashbury in the 60’s. However, as far back in time as it takes you, it also firmly plants its foot in the present, giving us the undeniable associations of one of our favorites, Tame Impala.
This head-nodding, multi-decade influenced track is made possible by one man, and one man alone. That’s right – Bitmap is comprised of only Luke Barwell, formerly of John Peel Favourites Salako . After a few listens through though, you’ll soon realize that one man, and this one in particular, is more than enough to create this highly-engaging, and extremely well-crafted gem.
The past is not a memory and you are not an archive of your time alive. Sometimes it’s better to forget than forgive. The Memory Hole is a place where facts and figures are forgotten. Where you end up when you’re unfriended by life. – Bitmap
Over a year in the making, this release is the first off his upcoming LP, Magnetic Fields, via Love Our Records. If you’re feeling “Memory Hole,” make sure to head over to Bandcamp and pick up previous releases from this highly talented musician.